Dr. Jesse Marcel Jr., who said he handled debris from the 1947 crash of an unidentified flying object near Roswell, N.M., has died at the age of 76.
Denice Marcel said her father was found dead at his home in Helena on Saturday, less than two months after making his last trip to Roswell. He had been reading a book about UFOs.
Over the past 35 years, Marcel Jr. appeared on TV shows, documentaries and radio shows; was interviewed for magazine articles and books, and traveled the world lecturing about his experiences in Roswell.
Marcel’s father was an Air Force intelligence officer and reportedly the first military officer to investigate the wreckage in early July 1947. Marcel Jr. said he was 10 when his father brought home some of the debris, woke him up in the middle of the night and said the boy needed to look at it because it was something he would never see again.
Marcel, Jr. was heralded as carrying on his father’s story as a first-hand witness to the Roswell events. His career as a doctor in the military is said to bolster his credibility. It doesn’t. You can be the President and still be mistaken in your memory and beliefs.
Marcel Jr.’s wrote a book in 2007 called “The Roswell Legacy. He obviously believed his Dad’s account which you can read about here. No harm in that. And while people say he didn’t have to pursue this subject in his life, that is neither here nor there. He chose to pursue it, seemingly believing the story, and enjoying the benefits. But the facts are clear. There was no alien crash at Roswell. There was a secret military project that went wrong. It has since been revived as a very American myth.
Marcel, Sr. was mistaken in at least some of his memories, interpretation and belief. We all have this problem with the past. The Marcel legacy was built upon this mistaken interpretation. Just because you are adamant you know the truth does not mean you actually have it.